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Windmills, Crafts, Museums! The Best of Zaanse Shans

Get a sense of what the Dutch are all about in Zaanse Schans, located right outside of Amsterdam. Take a day trip out to the quaint community that dates back to the 18th century and take in the countryside tulips, fresh cheese, windmills, barns and museums.

Zaans Museum & Verkade Pavilion
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Zaans Museum & Verkade Pavilion

These two museums offer a delicious history of the region’s food production with equipment, utensils, clothing and paintings. Bring your sweet tooth, tasting is encouraged!

Albert Heijn Museum Shop
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Albert Heijn Museum Shop

Find goodies to bring home to your loved ones at an adorable replica of the original Albert Heijn, a Dutch supermarket chain.

Zaan Time Museum

You’ll be hearing ticking while trying to fall asleep later that night, but it’s a small price to pay to view this collection of beautiful historic Dutch clocks.

De Kat

De Kat

Piet Kempenaar wears a traditional outfit complete with pipe and hat while manning his massive paint mill.

De Gekroonde Poelenburg
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De Gekroonde Poelenburg

Different from all other working windmills in the city, the sawmill De Gekroonde Poelenburg can turn around on a rig of wooden rollers depending on the direction of the wind.

Our insider tips

Opt for bike rental

It’s small enough that walking will do, but you’ll feel like a local with the fresh air rushing by on a bicycle.

Did we mention Zaanse Schans’ restaurants?

It’s all about the food here! Check out the distillery and tasting room, or the traditional pancake house.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    From April to November, almost everything is open from 10:00AM to 5:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Prices vary depending on your plans and the addition of transportation, tours, and other perks.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's a great idea to experience Zaanse Schans with a guide.
  • How to get there
    From Amsterdam Central Station, take the Connexxion bus 391 to Zaanse Schans.
  • Additional information

    • If you plan on doing more than a day trip, there are many great hotels and B&Bs in the area.

What people are saying about Zaanse Schans

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 6,991 reviews

Good day of visiting the local area. excellent tour guide

The day is well thought out and our tour guide was excellent. They should have included radio earpieces so we could hear the guide at all times, There were many instances when we missed what he had to say due to the group size and that he started speaking before the group had re-gathered at each stage of the tour. As with these types of tours there wasn't really enough time at each location, but it did mean we saw a lot of things in one day

Great way to get out if the city and see the country side!

We absolutely loved this tour.. it's was awesome to visit the windmills; cheese shop; waffle shop and wooden clog shop.. was great to have the locals share their knowledge regarding their traditions and what they have been doing for many many years.. the actual bus trip was a highlight.. with Steve the singing Driver Dutch Rock and his crew!! They were all amazing and would highly recommend this tour!

Our whole family (ages 17-43) found it a full filling and educational.

Thankyou Alfredo and Ann and of cause Rob our driver, for make the day informative and punctual. This was the first tour our family has had l, we usually opt for a do it yourself experience, however we will definitely will be booking more tours in the future. Thankyou from Melinda, Sean, James, Paige and Lachlan (from Australia )

One of the best tours and guides we have ever had!

Our knowledgeable and personable guide Steve was very attuned to making the day what we wanted. His extensive knowledge of the area and its history, and his excellent command of English, made listening to his comments and his sharing of the culture of his country fascinating. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR AND THIS GUIDE.

Excellent value for money. Amazing experience!

The tour was very well organised. We had enough time in each location to have some rest and buy some souvenirs. The tour guide (Desiree) was very interactive and provided some interesting overview of each place we visited. I can recommend this trip to anyone who is interested to see a little bit of Dutch countryside.

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